A home where love is unconditional.
A home where children can be children once again, where they can play, and have their stomachs filled with good food, and go to school.
Noe and Grace Pulmones, a Filipino couple, has made the little seaside town of Sihanoukville, Cambodia their home since 1999. They started English and computer literacy classes for the community, receiving children of all ages into their house four times a week for a few hours each time.
A small number of these children are from privileged families, looking for opportunities to improve their English or computer skills. However, the majority of them came with sad stories, carrying deep emotional baggages upon their young shoulders, scars, sores and undernourishment visible on their frail bodies.
They came from single-parent homes – the other parent either dead, or had abandoned them.
Abused backgrounds – abused mentally and physically by a step-parent.
Improverished backgrounds – sent out to the streets to dig for plastic bottles in the garbage, so that they could earn US$0.20 cents for the day’s food.
The large piece of land at Prey Nob, about 30 minutes from Sihanoukville, still looked ‘untamed’ in parts, but is now being steadily developed with dormitories, classrooms and play areas.
Noe Pulmones also has plans to plant rice, fruit trees, start a fish farm. . . all these will form part of the livelihood skills training for the two dozen children who now live permanently with them.
From afternoon English classes to starting a children’s home – Noe and Grace have no regrets. These young lives desperately needed to be rescued, if they were to have a future at all.
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